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June 2018

When the Bully Is a Doctor [nytimes.com]

Years ago, when I was a medical student trying my hand at a variety of specialties, I spent two months on the surgery service. The days were rigorous, starting before 5 a.m., when I was expected at the hospital to round on patients who had recently undergone surgery. I then scrubbed in to the first operating room case of the day, at 7 a.m. Depending on the complexity of the procedure, we wouldn’t emerge from the O.R. for hours, biologic needs such as going to the bathroom or eating be...

Adults Can and Do Have Tantrums [psychcentral.com]

When we hear the word tantrum, we picture a 2-year-old lying on the floor kicking and screaming. Very rarely do we use it to describe an adult having an outburst. In reality, adults can have this kind of outburst at any moment in time. We don’t typically refer to an adult as having a tantrum. We refer to them as being angry or “just blowing off some steam.” However, when their behavior becomes cyclical, predictive, or problematic the impact of their behavior should be assessed and addressed.

What To Do About the Rise of Mega-Regions [citylab.com]

The below piece was published as the lead story in Aspenia , an Italian journal on international affairs. Their June issue explores the "rise of the city-state.” Around the world, nation-states are looking backward—electing populist leaders who want to set back the clock on economic, social, and cultural advancement. Our cities remain our truest beacons of progress and compassion, developing new approaches to equity, devising new initiatives on jobs, healthcare, and education, and, of...

Good Self-Care for Therapists

Many who take up careers in clinical psychotherapy have a deep personal commitment – some might say calling – to help others on their journey toward better mental health. Some, like post traumatic stress expert Dr. Bessel van der Kolk (whose father was a Nazi concentration camp survivor), found powerful motivation to improve mental illness treatment, after bearing witness to the deep impact of trauma on a loved one. By nature, the work of a clinical psychotherapist can carry a high risk of...

Colorado Guarantees Foster Youth Have Rides to School, Support After 18 [chronicleofsocialchange.org]

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signed two landmark bills into law this session related to improving outcomes for youth in the state’s foster care system. As of June 1, through H.B. 18-1306 , Colorado became the first state in the nation to dedicate millions of dollars specifically to the educational stability of students in foster care. With the new law, Colorado is committing $2.8 million this fiscal year and $3.9 million the following year to ensure that foster youth have...

Self-Taught Techie Designs App to Get At-Risk Kids into Preschool [chronicleofsocialchange.org]

Steve Sturm believes every child should have the same opportunities that his 3-year-old daughter Reagan enjoys. Things like new boots, trips to the trampoline park — and preschool. But for children known to the foster care system, too many miss out on the earliest years of their education. “There wasn’t any real focus on early ed. It was kind of an afterthought,” said Sturm, who works with the education unit at L.A.’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), the biggest child...

Reporters reveal deep faults in Arizona’s swollen foster care system [centerforhealthjournalism.org]

When Arizona’s foster care system swelled to an all-time-high of over 19,000 children in 2016, the reason should have been obvious to the state’s lawmakers. It certainly wasn’t because thousands of residents were suddenly abusing and neglecting their children, but Arizona approached the problem with that mentality. As a result, thousands of children were taken from their families when in-home services and support would have sufficed. Here’s what was actually happening: Since the Great...

See Marjory Stoneman Douglas Students Sing 'Rent' Classic at 2018 Tony Awards [Rolling Stone]

Drama students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School performed the Rent standout "Seasons of Love" at the 2018 Tony Awards to honor their theatre teacher Melody Herzfeld, who helped saved dozens of lives during the shooting at the Parkland, Florida school. Herzfeld barricaded 65 students inside a closet within her classroom during the February 14th shooting, which killed 17 people at the school. For her actions, the Tonys awarded Herzfeld the 2018 Excellence in Theatre Education Award,...

The Relentless School Nurse: Twinkle, Twinkle, Lock the Door

Childhood jingles evoke memories from a most transformative time in our lives and the lives of our children. We can all remember the old classics like The ABC’s, Old McDonald Had a Farm and The Wheels on the Bus. Pause for a moment and reflect on when you last heard Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. Remember the catchy melody and enjoy the words. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star How I Wonder What You Are Up Above the World So High Like a Diamond in the Sky Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star How I Wonder...

Why Didn't My Drug-Affected Family Get Any Sympathy? [politico.com]

It wasn’t hard to find the gravesite of the woman who was almost my sister-in-law. It was roughly a 10-minute drive from my childhood home, past the closed, dilapidated high school I graduated from in 1991—when it was still segregated, nearly four decades after Brown v. Board of Education—past the decaying Georgia-Pacific paper mill that once provided several hundred well-paying jobs, including for my family, past a small, free clinic that was established in recent years, and down a dusty...

Is Domestic Violence Private? [themarshallproject.org]

When it comes to immigration, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has not been reluctant to assert the powers of his office. With his decision, announced Monday, to virtually eliminate domestic violence as grounds for asylum, he summarily swept away more than two decades of hard-fought legal cases and painstaking decisions by immigration judges and appeals courts that favored women who were victims. In a speech to immigration judges just before his decision was published, Sessions framed it as...

How Much Does a 2-Bedroom Apartment Cost in Your State? [citylab.com]

For most Americans, access to decent, affordable rental housing remains cruelly beyond reach. Only in 22 counties in the United States is a one-bedroom home affordable to someone working 40 hours per week at federal minimum wage. That’s from the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) report , which outlines the mismatch between wages and rent every year. For people earning minimum wage, the situation is untenable. At $7.25 an hour, they would need to put in roughly 122 hours per week,...

Today's dads are engaging more with their kids [sciencedaily.com]

Sociologists at BYU and Ball State have found that a majority of fathers today are relatively involved in their children's lives. Whether it's physically being there for a baseball game or piano recital, or emotionally being there to provide warmth or support in a tough time, there appears to be a shift in how fathers are viewing their roles. "We found that today's dads spend more time, provide more care and are more loving toward their kids than ever before," said Kevin Shafer, BYU...

Five First Responders to the Pulse Massacre. One Diagnosis: PTSD. [propublica.org]

This article was produced in partnership with WMFE, which is a member of the ProPublica Local Reporting Network . On the morning of June 12, 2016, police officer Omar Delgado pulled his cruiser up to his two-story townhome in Sanford, Florida, and sat in silence for 15 minutes, trying to process what he had seen during 3 1/2 hours inside the Pulse nightclub. He stripped his bloody uniform and gear off, put them in a trash bag, and took a shower. Then, he shut the door to his bedroom, locked...

Collaboration, Training, Diverse Programs Help Us Work Against Racism Locally [jjie.org]

As a passionate advocate for children and families to thrive and recognizing the barriers and violence created by racism, I’d like to share some reflections on the journey toward racial equity that we are taking in Broward County, Florida. The first thing we learned is the importance of making space to have these brave conversations about race and racism and how it is hurting all of us. By September, we hope to have 900 government and nonprofit staff and community partners, including law...

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